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If you think waterfalls are a dime a dozen, feast your eyes on Godafoss or the Waterfall of the Gods. One of the most spectacular waterfalls in all of Iceland, it's situated in the island's central north. Aqua water falls over the horseshoe-shaped falls that measures 12 meters in height and 30 meters in width.

Though it's worthy of a thousands photos, extreme weather makes it difficult to shoot even one. As Erez Marom of DP Review stated, "The first time we visited, apart from the sky being bleak, the winds brought unending spray from the waterfall. at -10 degrees centigrade, the spray immediately froze on my front polarizing filter, turning the shoot into a Sisyphean task consisting of composing, focusing, then wiping the stubborn ice off the front filter for about a minute, then checking focus and composition again, then wiping again if needed, and only then shooting one image before repeating the whole process."

Photographer Antony Spencer had a similar experience, "It took a marathon drive to get here and capture this incredible waterfall caked in ice. We knew it would be frozen and getting down to this viewpoint required a 30 foot downhill slide on our backsides only to be greeted by the sever spray from the cascading fall. With the temperatures at -15C you could get one frame off before having to spend 5-10 minutes cleaning the gear down of frozen spray only to try again."

Here are 12 of our favorite shots of Godafoss, the most majestic (and hard to shoot) waterfall in Iceland.

Above photo credit: Skarphéðinn Þráinsson


Photo credit: Valeriy Shcherbina


Photo credit: Erez Marom


Photo credit: Vincent Bourrut


Photo credit: Dennis F


Photo credit: Andy Mumford


Photo credit: Joshua Holko


Photo credit: Pome Acro


Photo credit: Sarah Marino


Photo credit: Antony Spencer


Photo credit: Joshua Holko


Photo credit: JStephane Vetter

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